What is R.C.I.A.?
R.C.I.A.stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the process by which an adult person is initiated into the Catholic Church, through Baptism, Confirmation, and First Holy Communion. Through this process the adult is formed in the Christian faith, with the local parish community serving as both catechists and models.
If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or would like more information about the process of becoming fully initiated into the Catholic Church, join us in one of the two informational meetings on August 21 or August 28 beginning at 6PM in St. Mary's Church office.
Come spend some time with Jesus - Wednesday's from 8AM to 9PM in the chapel.
Please pray this prayer daily for St. Mary's Nativity Church protection in all situations.
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
(Pope Francis October 13, 2013)
O Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, Refuge of Sinners, we consecrate ourselves to your Immaculate Heart this day.
We give to you our hearts and souls, our families and all that we have, knowing that you will always lead us closer to Jesus. We renew today the promises of our Baptism and rededicate ourselves to following your model of purity. May we live as good Christians, being faithful to God, the Church and the Pope.
We desire to pray the Rosary, confess our sins, partake in the Holy Eucharist, honor your Immaculate Heart on the first Saturday of each month and work for the conversion of souls. Furthermore, we promise O most Blessed Virgin, that we will zealously spread devotion to you, so that through our consecration to your Immaculate Heart and through your own powerful prayers, Christ the King may reign in all hearts forever. Amen.
In an effort to beautify the grounds in front St. Mary's Church Parish Office, we have begun a bricked area which can be used as a prayer place. Remember your loved ones in a special way by purchasing a memorial brick(s) to complete this area. By purchasing a brick you are not only creating an area for prayer and remembering your loved ones but also helping St. Mary to reduce the financial debt. You can purchase your memorial brick through the Online Giving tab or call the Church Parish Office for more information.
Grieving the loss of a loved one? Feeling isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before?
GriefShare is for people grieving the death of a family member or friend.
GriefShare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.
Most people quickly feel comfortable and accepted in their GriefShare group. They discover there are others who have the same kind of feelings they do and who understand the hurt they feel and the loss they have experienced.
- You’ll probably feel a little nervous about going to GriefShare the first time. Those feelings go away quickly for most people, usually during the first session they attend.
- You’ll discover there are people who understand your hurts, emotions, and painful experiences!
- You’ll learn helpful, practical information that will help you recover from the pain of grief and loss.
- You’ll have the chance to talk about your experiences.
- You’ll have a workbook for personal study and to write down things you’ve learned.
- You’ll begin to gain closure in your loss.
- You’ll become part of a “family.”
- You’ll discover hope for the future.
Our next meeting is August 21: Guilt and Anger
Meetings are held at St. Mary's Nativity Community Center from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and go till October 2.
For more information visit www.griefshare.org or call St. Mary’s Nativity Church Office at 985-537-3204, Marty Cortez at 985-227-0873 or Arvella Dupre at 985-414-4126.
The Twelve Steps
These Twelve Steps, adapted nearly word-for-word from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, have been a tool for spiritual growth for millions of Al‑Anon/Alateen members. At meetings, Al‑Anon/Alateen members share with each other the personal lessons they have learned from practicing from these Steps.
These guiding principles outline a course of action for tackling problems including alcoholism, drug addiction and compulsion.
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol (or whatever addiction we have)—that our lives had become unmanageable.
Step 2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
Step 9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Step 10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Step 11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
Five Keys to Happiness
- Free your heart from hatred
- Free your mind and spirit from worry
- Live simply
- Give more
- Expect less
- Very Rev. Charles Perkins, V.F., Pastor
- Deacon Lloyd Duplantis, Deacon
- Betty Foret, Administrative Assistant/Business Office Manager
- Carol R Falgoust, Receptionist/Secretary/Safe Environment Coordinator
- Linda Danos, Director of Religious Education
- Amy D. Gervais, Youth Minister
- Fran C. Boudreaux, Housekeeper
- Nolan Davaine, Parish/Cemetery Custodian
Sunday: 8 AM
10 AM & 7 PM
Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday: 7 AM
Thursday: NO MASS
Friday: 7 AM (June 1 - August 15)
8:15 AM School Mass (August 16 - May 31)
Closed for Lunch - Noon - 1 PM
1 PM - 4 PM Monday - Thursday
Closed Friday afternoons
FAX NUMBER: (985) 537-3235
St. Mary's Stain Glass Windows
Stain Glass Window #1: EUCHARIST
Stain Glass Window #2: RESURRECTION
Stain Glass Window #3: HOLY SPIRIT
Stain Glass Window #4: BLESSED MOTHER
Stain Glass Window #5: MATTHEW AND MARK
Stain Glass Window #6: BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION
Stain Glass Window #7: RECONCILIATION / ANOINTING OF THE SICK
Stain Glass Window #8: HOLY ORDERS / MATRIMONY
Stain Glass Window #9: JOHN AND LUKE
Stain Glass Window #10: NATIVITY
Stain Glass Window #11: GOD THE FATHER
Stain Glass Window #12: CHRIST
Sacrament of Baptism
The Sacrament of Baptism is administered each month after weekend Mass. A meeting with the priest or attendance at a Baptismal Seminar is required. Please call the Church Office for more information.
Confessions are heard 30 minutes before Mass until 10 minutes before Mass begins. Private confessions by appointment.
Sacrament of Marriage
Initial contact with the priest or deacon who will officiate must be made at least SIX MONTHS PRIOR to the proposed wedding date. Participation in the Diocesan Marriage Preparation Program is required. Call the Church Office for more information.